Presentation on theme: "Helping Students to be Academically Successful"— Presentation transcript:
1 Helping Students to be Academically Successful Pamela M. Jett, Ed.S.North Oldham High SchoolGATES Coordinator
2 Session Goals Explore current research Learn about: Discuss next steps MotivationPraiseEffortMind-setDiscuss next steps
3 The Perils and Promises of Praise Carol S. DweckEducational LeadershipOctober 2007
4 Premise & Background Research question: Premise for research: Is it true that praise has inadvertently done something to hold back students?Premise for research:Educators hold two beliefs:1. Praising students’ intelligence builds confidence and motivation to learn2. Students inherent intelligence is the major cause of achievement in school
5 Fixed or Malleable?Praise is intricately connected to how students view their intelligence.There are 2 mind-sets:Fixed – belief that intelligence is a fixed traitGrowth – belief that intellect can develop through effort and education
6 Fixed Mind-set Traits Have a certain amount of intelligence Are excessively concerned with how smart they areSeek opportunities to prove their intelligenceAvoid situations that may disprove their perceived intelligenceDesire to learn takes a backseat
7 Growth Mind-set Traits Effort has a direct effect on academic achievementBelieve that intelligence can be developed over time with additional effortNot worried about how smart they appearAre willing to take on challengesHave a “stick-to-it” attitude when it comes to work
8 The Two Faces of Effort Fixed Mind-set Traits: Care more about how they will be judgedWill reject opportunities to learn if they might make a mistakeTry to hide mistakesAre generally afraid of effort, since effort makes one feel dumbDon’t recover well from setbacksWill decrease effort and consider cheating
9 The Two Faces of Effort Growth Mind-set Traits: Care about learningEffort is a positive thingWhen a mistake is made, it gets correctedIn the face of failure, one will escalate efforts and look for new learning strategiesFosters the growth of ability over timeCONCLUSION: Those with growth mind-sets outperform their classmates with fixed mind-sets.
10 The Effects of PraiseStudies have consistently found that praising students’ intelligence gives them a short burst of pride, followed by a long string of negative consequences.Praise for intelligence tends to put students in a fixed mind-set, whereas praise for effort tended to put students in a growth mind-set.
11 Study Design & Procedures Task 1: Work on challenging problemsstudents that were praised for intelligence lost their confidence and struggledstudent that were praised for effort remained confident and eagerTask 2: Work on less challenging problemsstudents that were praised for intelligence did poorly and performed worsestudents that were praised for effort showed excellent performance and continue to improve
12 ConclusionsProcess praise kept students focused on ways to stay engaged with the work.A growth mind-set created motivation and resilience and led to higher achievement.Positive changes in study habits and motivation were a result of learning about growth mind-setKeeping students focused on the process of achievement helped student gain confidence.
13 Next Steps Questions for discussion: What information from this presentation was most helpful?What ways do you think you can take this information and use it?What additional information would help you?
14 Resources http://www.brainology.us/ Dweck, C. S. (2007). The perils and promises of praise. Educational Leadership 65 (2),